Archive for April, 2006

Microsoft says to reformat

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

This article at eWeek quotes a security manager from Microsoft who essentially says that saving a Windows install from a bad malware infection is becoming near impossible. He mentions malware that self repairs — you remove it then refresh the directory and it is back again. He recommended using Spybot to help keep systems clean and has urged businesses to come up with quick, efficient ways of backing up data and reinstalling a system.

That’s great.. businesses can afford a dedicated staff to keep their computers running, but what about home users? They’re pretty well screwed when they get an infection.. The standard advice of running Spybot and Ad-Aware may no longer be enough.. “Hope you kept backups, because you need to reformat,” may become the advice of the day.

Sure am glad I use Gentoo, but maybe mom will be getting a Mac next..